XMG Neo 15 (E22) / Eluktronics MECH-15 G3 review with liquid cooling

RTX 3070 Ti vs RTX 3080 laptop versions

The results for the XMG Neo 15 E22 were impressive when compared to the older E21 model, even with the more powerful RTX 3080. Average FPS was generally better for the RTX 3070 Ti version we tested across CS:GO, Far Cry 6, and Rainbow Six: Siege, with some exceptions on the odd setting where the RTX 3080 pulled ahead. On average there was around a 17% uplift for the newer RTX 3070 Ti model in these games (Far Cry 6 showing the biggest average uplift of around 25%), though this can be attributed mainly to the Intel Core i7-12700H CPU rather than the graphics card itself.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla showed very similar results between the two laptop models, regardless of settings or resolution. COD: Warzone saw a slight lead of 1-3% by the RTX 3080, whereas Fortnite saw gains of up to 7% for the RTX 3070 Ti on the lower presets, to a 10% FPS drop compared to the RTX 3080 on the maximum settings.

On games like Doom Eternal however, at maximum graphical settings and with Ray-Tracing switched on, you start to see the RTX 3080 pull ahead substantially, with a 26% FPS uplift at 1080p and an enormous 102% FPS increase at 1440p. This really shows where the lower VRAM of the RTX 3070 Ti starts to become clear. The same was also true for Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, which saw a 25% FPS uplift at 1080p on Max settings with Ray-Tracing on, and an 83% increase on the same settings at 1440p, though this was a game that generally performed better on the RTX 3080 version anyway, even on lower settings.

XMG OASIS liquid cooling performance

Comparing the FPS with and without the OASIS external cooling, we saw very similar results in both CS:GO and Far Cry 6.

Generally we saw about a 5% uplift in Doom Eternal with the external cooling, though there were some strange instances on this game when the non-cooled results pulled ahead substantially. These can likely be discounted as anomalous results that would not be borne out in additional testing. It was a similar situation with Fortnite.

On Rainbow Six Siege, we again saw similar uplift up to 5% on the watercooled version but only at 1440p resolution. At 1080p the results seemed fairly similar, and this pattern was repeated in COD: Warzone. For Shadow Of The Tomb Raider we saw a fairly random spread of results, with the OASIS cooled tests pulling ahead in some instances and falling behind in others, which can be probably be attributed to just random performance variance in the game, and doesn’t point to any noticeable causal difference.

XMG Neo 15 gaming performance: the takeaway

Everything considered, the XMG Neo 15 with RTX 3070 Ti is a great gaming performer. The combination of the Ti graphics card with the new Intel 12th gen CPU is enough to go toe-to-toe, and even slightly pull ahead of the RTX 3080 in most titles, though on games with Ray-Tracing enabled, particularly with graphics set to the maximum and on higher resolutions, the additional VRAM of the RTX 3080 makes a big impact, and the 8GB RTX 3070 Ti machine simply can’t compete, even with the more powerful processor.

In terms of the OASIS cooling system, the potential 10% FPS uplift that XMG claimed was not seen in our tests. Around a 5% increase in performance was the maximum boost in those games where the external cooling did have an impact, particularly when playing at 1440p, though in some titles there was no noticeable difference in performance at all. Although the thermal results do clearly show that both average and max temperature reduction is occurring, the benefits of this are more likely to be felt over time (when looking at the RTX 3070 Ti model anyway), in terms of the longevity of the internal components, rather than a truly noticeable FPS boost. Of course the higher TGP RTX 3080 Ti specced version of the Neo 15 E22 could show more of a difference in raw FPS terms. Hopefully, we get our hands on this version at some point to test it as well.

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